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Frustration mounts over opioid shortage Chronic scarcity leaves veterinarians scrambling for alternatives By R. Scott Nolen Posted June 13, 2018 Starting late last year, veterinarians from small-town clinics to university teaching hospitals saw their stocks of injectable opioids dwindle away, with no guarantee from distributors when there might be more. Orders for fentanyl, hydromorphone, and morphine, once placed roughly every couple weeks, are made daily now, assuming the drug is even available. Should a distributor happen to have a particular opioid in stock on a given day, customers can purchase only a dozen or so...

A Boy Contracted the First Case of Bubonic Plague Idaho Has Seen in 26 Years By BILLY PERRIGO June 14, 2018 http://www.time.com/5312191/bubonic-plague-elmore-county-idaho/ A boy in Idaho has contracted the first case of bubonic plague the state has seen for 26 years, according to health officials. The child, who remains unidentified, was treated with antibiotics in the hospital and is now recovering at home in a stable condition. The Central District Health Department, which announced the news of the bubonic plague’s return, said it was unclear whether the boy had contracted the disease in Idaho or on a recent trip to...

Above: Dr. John Lanting receives the 2018 IVMA Veterinarian of the Year award. Presented by Dr. J.V. Bollar, the 2017 IVMA Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. John Lanting was named the 2018 IVMA Veterinarian of the Year. The ceremony took place during the IVMA Summer Meeting on June 15, 2018 at the Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID. Dr. Lanting has practiced veterinary medicine in the Magic Valley area for the past 47 years, primarily as a beef cattle practitioner.  Up until just a few years ago, he also practiced some...

June 01, 2018  DEA provides update on opioid shortage Posted May 9, 2018 The Drug Enforcement Administration released a statement April 10 on the ongoing opioid shortages affecting both human and veterinary medicine. "In order to prevent any pharmaceutical drug shortage that negatively impacts patients, DEA is working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, drug manufacturers, wholesale distributors and hospital associations to ensure that patients have access to necessary hospital-administered pain medications," according to the DEA statement. "These include certain injectable products that contain morphine, hydromorphone, meperidine, and fentanyl." "In recent months, the...

Get registered for the Equine Hind Suspensory Ligament and Stifle Ultrasound Lecture and Wet Lab presented by Dr. Diane Isbell Dr. Diane Isbell graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. Having grown up with an equine background, it was natural for her to gravitate towards practicing equine medicine. While attending UC Davis, Dr. Isbell was introduced to the early ultrasound imaging by her professor, Dr. Carol Gillis, DVM PhD who founded the ultrasound department at UC Davis. Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018 Time: 8 AM - 5:15 PM Location: Lecture at...

The State/Federal Accreditation Seminar for the state of Idaho will be held: Date: Monday, June 4, 2018 Time: 8 AM - 5 PM Place: Idaho State Department of Agriculture (2270 Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712) Continuing Education credits: 8 hrs. If you plan to attend, please call Veterinary Services at 208-373-1620 or Animal Industries at 208-332-8540. More information can be found here - Vet-Accred-Seminar-6-4-18...

Assemblyman introduces bill that would allow vets to prescribe cannabis for pets Friday, April 20, 2018 09:49PM - By Denise Dador LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- http://abc7.com/3372149/ Research shows people aren't the only ones who can find pain relief from cannabis - turns out weed is also helping some of our four-legged friends. Meet Chorizo. They call him "Cho" for short. He's an older pit bull mix and unofficial mascot at the Milo Foundation, an animal rescue organization. "We don't know exactly how old he is, but the homeless fellow who ended up giving him to us said he...

Opening Reception with Exhibitors Catch up with colleagues and take a pulse of the industry’s latest products and solutions. While you mingle, enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and a beverage from the cash bar. All attendees and guests are welcome!   Thank you, 2018 Exhibitors! Aesculight Bank of America Practice Solutions Boehringer Ingelheim E.I. Medical Elanco Fujifilm SonoSite Henry Schein Animal Health Hill's Pet Nutrition IDEXX Jorgensen Laboratories Medical Imaging, Inc. Multimin, USA MWI Animal Health Nutramax Labs Omni Practice Group Phoenix Lab Royal Canin Sound Zoetis ...

Published April 6, 2018 at 01:39PM - http://www.bendbulletin.com An opioid shortage affecting how hospitals care for patients has reached veterinary clinics and how they sedate pets during surgery. Since last year, less opioid medications have been manufactured because of concerns about the oversupply of the addictive drugs. And production facilities for opioids such as morphine and Dilaudid have shut down because of damage from the hurricane that hit Puerto Rico and floods in Texas in 2017. Hospitals, and now veterinary clinics, have to stockpile the sedatives they have, and are turning to alternative medications. The effect is...

2018 Legislative Session and 2017 Interim The IVMA spent much of the legislative interim working with the Idaho Board of Pharmacy regarding a major re-write and cutting of its current rules and regulations. As part of the re-write, the BOP was looking to make major changes to its current fee structure. As the IVMA had worked hard to protect the BOVM in 2017, it was imperative that members not be hit with another fee increase during the 2018 legislative session. Through several conversations with BOP staff, we were able to...

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